by Dottie Compton

Have you been misunderstood, rejected, judged, falsely accused, or abandoned?

I have been on both sides of those harmful acts and regret those I initiated.

The most difficult pain to overcome is when one person’s pain hurts another.

Hurt raises our emotions, distorting the facts and our attitude toward the situation.

Then we make the mistake of accepting those hurt emotions as truth and feel justified in saying deeply hurtful things—including internally to ourselves.

In the heat of the moment, it isn’t easy to put strong emotions in their place so we can look at the situation maturely, considering the facts and both viewpoints.

Unhealed emotions, resentments, and anger will always lead to unforgiveness.

If we allow it, unforgiveness can be so strong it robs us of our destiny as we fight through life, even fighting God and those trying to help us.

When we resist letting go of hurt and resentments, we hurt ourselves and those closest to us much more than the person we struggle to forgive.

Godly forgiveness is challenging for humans because it requires us to put aside our ego, anger, and injustice.

The solution is much easier than it feels amid pain and anger.

It starts with receiving Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit, surrendering our lives, pain, and unforgiveness.

Forgiveness becomes more effortless as He takes the sting of the pain away, and we find a strong sense of security in our relationship with Him.

In addition, below are three things to remember when struggling to forgive:
1. Never forget that we are all imperfect humans with weaknesses and flaws.
2. God chose to forgive our sins; we owe that same mercy to others.
3. Godly forgiveness is an act of faith and obedience; expressing Christ’s love is above everything else.

Strong people forgive, show mercy, and demonstrate love.

How Strong are you today♥️

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